By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — Looking to stay in the hunt for a sectional playoff berth, Medina will host arch rival Albion at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the B East Division season finale.
Both teams enter the 115th renewal of the century plus old rivalry looking to rebound from defeats, Medina from a 41-20 thumping by B-East leader Alden, and Albion from a last second 33-30 setback to Barker/Roy-Hart.
Medina, which needs a victory to stay alive in the chase for one of two Class B sectional wildcard spots, brings 2-2 B-East and 3-3 overall record into the contest while Albion is 1-3, 1-5.
“For us it’s a must win as far as sectionals go to keep our playoff hopes alive,”Medina head coach Eric Valley said. “I know Albion has had some tough breaks but they’ll be ready to play. We know they would like nothing better than to end our playoff hopes.”
“It’s always a big rivalry game where won-loss records really don’t mean anything,” said Albion head coach Tony Osburn. “We’ve had a tough season but we know they are in a fight for a playoff spot so we are going to try and circle the wagons and give them a good battle.”
Medina quarterback Jason Hellwig, who had thrown eight touchdown passes, leads the Medina attack which has utilized a number of different weapons including running backs Kyle Barna (eight touchdowns), Jake Cotriss (seven touchdowns) and Danny Brown (two touchdowns) along with receivers Lonnie Taylor (six touchdowns including five receiving), Ben Austin (two touchdowns) and Danny Barnes (one touchdown).
“They have a lot of weapons so we have to try and contain them and stop the big play,” Osburn said.
Quarterback Jon Warne, who has passed for three touchdowns and run for one, leads the Albion offense which also features running back Tyler Hughson (five touchdowns) and wide receiver Trey Hart (two touchdown
“They are big up front and they’ve got some good skill players,” Valley said. “Offensively we need to maintain some possessions and limit the turnovers and we’ve got to try to win the physical battle up front.”
Albion holds a 64-45-5 lead in the series though the teams have split their last four meetings. The Purple Eagles scored a narrow 20-14 win last year while the Mustangs claimed a 44-14 victory in 2010.
The teams are also playing for the right to clam the “Doc’s Rock” trophy which is given to the winner each year in memory of the late Larry Decker who was a coach and teacher at both schools.
This weekend’s other B East games will have Newfane at Alden at 7 p.m. Friday and East at Barker/Roy-Hart at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Barker.
In the Genesee Region League Holley visits Oakfield-Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday.